Rosa ParkRosa Park is editor of Cereal and Guided by Cereal. She lives and works in Bristol, United Kingdom.
I would be the first person to admit how fickle I am. I ‘love’ something and tire of it just a couple of years – sometimes months – later. I think this trait is a symptom of my nomadic upbringing and lifestyle; as a result, I’m perpetually looking to the next chapter of my life in search of something new, whether it’s a different experience or a novel product. The things that I’m drawn to are usually of a similar ilk, but there are variations within that realm from where I decide what my current favourites are.
Having said that, there are a few things that have stood the test of time, and have remained in my possession for well over a decade. One of them is the Cartier Tank Française – a gift from my parents on my 16th birthday. Perhaps it’s the link to my sweet sixteen that gives this watch sentimental value, but I also think there’s a timelessness in the design of a Cartier Tank. It’s an understated, classic look that doesn’t scream for attention; it sits on my wrist quietly, measuring time year after year. I grow more fond of it as time passes.
The things I’ve held on to over the years tend to be watches and pieces of jewellery. What I love about them is that they really do last forever when they are of good quality. My father recently gave me one of his old watches and I love wearing it when I miss him (he lives in Seoul, so I don’t get to see him very often). I wonder if I will give this watch to my future daughter if and when that time comes. It’s a nice thought to have.